The Numinous. It is the most brilliant, brightest light and it is the deepest, darkest depths. It's the subtle hum of the entire Universe, at first most recognizable in the beings like ourselves~ the animals. But then too, if looking with the heart, the plants we are also. And the inanimate rocks. The land, the rivers, the mountains, seas and winds. And the discarnate. What Grace in me, inherent in the very atoms vibrating, composing my own body; calls me to remember this kinship.
nu·mi·nous [noo-muh-nuhs, nyoo-] adjective
1. of, pertaining to, or like a numen; spiritual or supernatural.
2. surpassing comprehension or understanding; mysterious: that element in artistic expression that remains numinous.
3. arousing one's elevated feelings of duty, honor, loyalty, etc.: a benevolent and numinous paternity.
Origin: 1640–50; < Latin nūmin- (stem of nūmen ) numen + -ous
nu·men [noo-min, nyoo-]
noun, plural nu·mi·na [noo-muh-nuh, nyoo-]
divine power or spirit; a deity, especially one presiding locally or believed to inhabit a particular object.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
numen (ˈnjuːmɛn) — n , pl -mina
1. (esp in ancient Roman religion) a deity or spirit presiding over a thing or place
2. a guiding principle, force, or spirit
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